Free Camping in Alabama State Parks Feb. 8-12


Mud Creek at Tannehill State Park: Glynn Wilson

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By Glynn Wilson –

Hey, get this! Free camping this week, everybody.

Alabama State Parks are free from Sunday, February 8 through Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

The Department of Conservation is calling it “Customer Appreciation Days,” according to a n press release online.

“In recent years, our visitors and partners have continued to show their support for Alabama State Parks during tough financial times,” said Greg Lein, State Parks Director. “These Customer Appreciation Days are intended as a show of gratitude to everyone who enjoys the state’s park system. We appreciate their support.”

Campers can stay for up to five nights, if sites are available, that is.

The free camping offer applies to both improved and primitive sites, but not for extended-stay campers. Advance reservations are welcome but not required.

There is also a 50 percent discount on hotels and cabins, although visitors will still have to pay Lodging Taxes.

Contact the individual parks for availability and or see the park information online at or call 1-800-ALA-PARK.

Alabama State Parks Customer Appreciation Days are the first in a series of upcoming state park specials. In 2015, the park system’s theme will be “Bring a Friend,” which encourages regular visitors to invite a friend who has never explored an Alabama state park.

“Alabama State Parks is proud to provide world-class experiences at each of its 22 state parks,” the agency says. “Park improvements and accommodation specials such as Customer Appreciation Days are made possible only through the continued support of Alabama’s state park partners and the state legislature. At Alabama’s state parks, Partners Pay the Way.”

The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 22 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other Partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations.

© 2015, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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